Management - dick clark productions


Allen Shapiro

CEO of Dick Clark Productions

Allen Shapiro is CEO of Dick Clark Productions and Managing Partner of Mosaic Media Investment Partners. He was most recently a Founder and President of Mosaic Media Group & Chairman of TV Guide Network & Shapiro serves as Executive Producer on DCP’s flagship programming including the “American Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “So You Think You Can Dance” in addition to overseeing the development, production and licensing of the company’s other high profile properties.

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In October 2012, Mr. Shapiro once again became CEO of Dick Clark Productions (DCP) after the company was purchased from Redzone Capital Management by Guggenheim Partners, Mandalay Entertainment and Mosaic Media Investment Partners. In 2004, Mr. Shapiro facilitated the leveraged buyout of DCP from Dick Clark and became CEO of the company. Three years later, DCP was successfully sold to RedZone Capital Management in June 2007.

Mr. Shapiro is also currently the Managing Partner of Mosaic Media Investment Partners and was most recently the Founder and President of Mosaic Media Group. Mosaic Media was formed as a talent management company representing such artists as Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Green Day, and Alanis Morissette and as a production company producing such films as Get Smart and The Dark Knight. As President, Mr. Shapiro expanded Mosaic from an entertainment service business into an asset management company by investing in and controlling strategic media assets and continues to lead the company in his role as Managing Partner. In addition to DCP, Mosaic Media successfully bought and sold Hamstein Music Group, owner of the ZZ Topp and Clint Black Catalogues and Daksel Seldak Music, owner of the Aerosmith Catalogue. Mosaic Media Investment Partners recently acquired the TIME LIFE infomercial business, one of the most successful direct marketing operating companies.

As Chairman of TV Guide Network and, Mr. Shapiro was responsible for steering TV Guide’s overall business strategy, while also overseeing its P&L operations and long-term growth. TV Guide Network and are part of a joint venture of Lionsgate, the leading next generation studio, and One Equity Partners, the private equity group of JPMorgan Chase.

Prior to joining Mosaic, Mr. Shapiro served as President / CEO of The IndieProd Company, where he arranged the sale of the Company to Carolco Pictures Inc. While at IndieProd, the company produced numerous films and television shows including Universal Soldier, Air America, Roxanne, L.A. Story, Footloose and All That Jazz.

In 1983, Mr. Shapiro joined, and subsequently became a partner at, the law firm Gipson Hoffman & Pancione. The firm represented numerous entertainment clients including Robert Redford, Sean Connery, and Miramax. Shapiro also headed the music practice of the prestigious Kaplan, Livingston, Goodwin, Berkowitz & Selvin firm and specialized in music and entertainment law in private practice.

Mr. Shapiro’s professional career began in his hometown of Chicago, IL in the Office of the General Counsel at Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Shapiro resides in Los Angeles CA.

Michael Mahan

President of dick clark productions

Michael Mahan is the President of dick clark productions and a Partner of Mosaic Media Investment Partners. Mr. Mahan brings a wealth of experience to this position from his previous post as President of the TV Guide Network and Mahan led the transformation of the TV Guide Network from a guidance-focused utility network to a full-screen entertainment destination available in 81 million homes. Prior to TV Guide, Mahan was a board member and head of corporate strategy for dick clark productions.

Amy Thurlow

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Amy Thurlow is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for dick clark productions. Thurlow most recently served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales Strategy for TV Guide Network, a CBS/Lionsgate partnership, based in New York and Los Angeles. She played an integral role in selling 50% of the company to CBS. Earlier in Thurlow’s career, she joined NBC Universal and held several positions in various divisions of the company, including Corporate Finance, Corporate Development & Strategy, CNBC and TV & Film Distribution. She began her career at the General Electric Corporation. Thurlow earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Boston College and her MBA from New York University.

Barry Adelman

Executive Vice President of Television

As EVP of Television for dick clark productions, Barry Adelman has earned fourteen Emmy nominations for producing and writing. He has written for Presidents Clinton, Bush and Reagan, including Reagan’s New Year’s Address to the Nation. He also holds the unique honor of having written the eulogy at Elvis Presley’s funeral.

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Adelman has been responsible for producing: “So You Think You Can Dance;” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve;” “Golden Globe Awards;” “An Evening At The Academy Awards – Pre-show & Post-show;” “American Music Awards;” “Bloopers Specials;” “Academy of Country Music Awards;” “Family Television Awards;” “Primetime Emmy Awards;” “TV Guide’s Greatest Moments;” “Daytime Emmy Awards;” “Soap Opera Digest Awards;” “MTV Music Video Awards;” “Greed;” “Toy Awards;” “Garth Brooks Christmas Special;” “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction;” “Disney’s American Teacher Awards;” “American Bandstand Anniversary Specials;” “The Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards;” “Will You Marry Me?;” “We’re Having A Baby;” “Hot Country Nights;” “Prime Time Country;” “World Cup Final Draw Special;” and “The Cable Ace Awards.”

Mark Bracco

Executive Vice President of Programming and Development

Mark Bracco is EVP of Programming and Development for dick clark productions. Bracco oversees programming and development for the company that includes such perennial hits as the “American Music Awards,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” and a variety of other projects at various stages of production.

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Most recently, Mr. Bracco served as Vice President, Alternative Series and Specials, ABC Entertainment where he oversaw specials and worked on various series for the network including the “Oscars,” “CMA Awards,” “American Music Awards,” “Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, “Shark Tank,” “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” “Supernanny,” and “The Mole.”
Mr. Bracco began his career in 1993 at TV Guide magazine. In September 1996, he accepted a position as a segment producer on the launch team for the entertainment newsmagazine “Access Hollywood.” In December 2001, he moved over to ABC News’ “Good Morning America” as entertainment producer, where he was responsible for overseeing all entertainment-related segments and events on the morning program.

In August 2006, Mr. Bracco relocated from New York to Los Angeles with his wife, Jamie, and their three children, Kyle, Mary and Erin. Mr. Bracco has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Hofstra University.

Greg Economou

Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

Greg Economou joined dick clark productions as EVP and Chief Revenue Officer in August of 2013. In his role at dcp, Economou will be responsible for the overall revenue generation strategy and execution for all dick clark productions’ shows and assets, including the American Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, New Year’s Rockin Eve, as well as several other events and television properties. Economou will also help other Guggenheim Media sister properties, Billboard Magazine and the Los Angeles Dodgers, in their efforts to secure corporate partnership and advertising revenue as part of integrated and comprehensive partnership deals.

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Prior to coming to dick clark productions, Economou served as executive vice president of revenue performance at The Madison Square Garden Company, where he managed MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment’s marketing partnerships, suite sales and service, and digital sales/new media revenues. In that role, he oversaw all planning and implementation of integrated sales and marketing platforms and packages for all of MSG Sports and Entertainment’s assets and inventory, driving to maximize the client value proposition and MSG revenue.

Prior to joining The Madison Square Garden Company, he was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Bobcats Sports and Entertainment where he managed all business operations for the NBA team and arena, leading the organization to unprecedented levels of success. Economou also served as senior vice president, marketing and communications for the National Basketball Association, working directly for Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver on all league-related branding, marketing, and communications efforts.

Before joining the NBA, Economou was the managing director & CEO of BRANDTHINK, a leading sports and entertainment marketing and management firm, where he worked across the sports landscape on a variety on high-level brand, digital, and revenue performance initiatives. Prior to BRANDTHINK, he served as senior vice president of brand marketing for the SFX Sports Group, as part of their massive roll up of sports and entertainment agencies. Earlier in his career, he was partner & chief operating officer of SME Branding, the leading brand consulting firm in the sports industry, working with hundreds of blue-chip sports properties throughout the 1990s.

Greg lives in Santa Monica, CA with his three sons, Rip 16, Luke 14, and AJ 11.

Ariel Elazar

Executive Vice President of Brand, Marketing & Digital Strategy

Ariel Elazar is the EVP of Brand, Marketing, & Digital Strategy at Dick Clark Productions. Ariel started his career in entertainment while attending law school. Finding his niche in entertainment marketing, digital, and social media, Ariel currently oversees the development and overall execution of DCP’s integrated, marketing, and digital initiatives for all of the company’s flagship shows.

Michael Kohn

Executive Vice President of Business Operations and General Counsel

Michael Kohn is the Executive Vice President of Business Operations and General Counsel at dick clark productions. Over his 20 years in the entertainment business, he has held network, film and tv production company positions. At DCP, in addition to business and legal affairs, he oversees human resources, clearance and archives.

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Prior to DCP, Michael was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the GSN/Game Show Network for more than eight years. Before that, he headed distribution and marketing legal for Polygram Films.

Michael started his career as a general business litigator at Paul Hastings in Los Angeles. In 1992, he segued to an in-house position at Sony Pictures Entertainment’s litigation department. His transition out of litigation came in 1996, when he moved to SPE’s television arm, Columbia Tri-Star Television.

Michael attended Franklin and Marshall College and Boston University School of Law. He resides in Malibu with his wife and three children.

Mark Rafalowski

Executive Vice President International Distribution

Previous to his appointment as EVP International Distribution at dick clark productions, Mark was partnered with Mark Victor Productions in developing Paranormal Media, a holding company creating content for all media in the paranormal space. Mark had previously taken a transitional operational role as Chief Operating Officer at Radical Studios. Radical IP is the basis of two feature films to date: “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise, released in April 2013, has already generated over $290 million in worldwide box office; “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” with Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) at MGM with Brett Ratner directing, began principal photography in June.

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He was President of Rive Gauche Television ( from 2003 through 2009. He expanded Rive Gauche’s business through extended series commitments, acquisitions and co-productions of shows such as The Dog Whisperer, Whacked Out Sports and Scare Tactics, which led to the company quadrupling it’s revenues during his tenure. In addition he started a production division, which, in its first year, sold 5 programs domestically, 2 which are still running Pitbulls and Parolees and True Crime with Aphrodite Jones. Rive Gauche represented a library of over 2,500 hours of television worldwide.

Prior to that, Mr. Rafalowski served as Senior Vice President at Dick Clark Productions Inc., He was involved with positioning the company for a merger or acquisition. He was a consultant to Mosaic and Caisse de Depot in the ultimate acquisition of the company. He founded and was CEO of TradeWinds Television, a television production and distribution company which, produced and distributed “Bounty Hunters,” and distributed the award-winning children’s series “Ghostwriter” with Children’s Television Workshop, the Peabody Award-winning cable series “Mystery Science Theater 3000” and the BBC produced “Madison’s Adventures,” as well as various theatrical movie packages. With MST3K and previously at Western, Mark pioneered the syndication of cable series to broadcast TV.

Mr. Rafalowski formed a joint venture with Western International Media, subsequently joining the company as SVP of Development and Sales. He also founded and operated Ascot Syndication Group, a television syndication company partnered with Joe Wolf.

In addition, Mr. Rafalowski has consulted independently and with the Sucherman Consulting Group for various media entities including Viacom Networks, GE, Vertical Media Holdings, Jules Haimovitz, Mosaic, Caisse de Depot, Anderson Merchandisers, ARTISTdirect, Musicplex, and Dick Clark Productions Inc. As a consultant, he has been involved in all aspects of operations and strategy including mergers and acquisitions.